MUSIC

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George Martin remembered

The National, March 2015 Author and television writer David Simon mourned that “if the rest of us could all have such a shepherd for our works, the world…

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Taylor Swift profile

The National, June 2015 It was surely the most interesting corporate tweet for quite some time. When Apple’s Eddy Cue – a senior vice-president at the largest publicly…

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Kylie Minogue at the Dubai World Cup

The National, March 2015 When Kylie Minogue plays at the Dubai World Cup, it will mark 30 years in show business for the Australian pop star. Bet you…

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One Direction’s Zayn leaves tour

The National, March 2015 “Zayn has been signed off with stress and is flying back to the UK to recuperate.” It’s just 16 simple words but a sentence…

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Neil Finn on scaling Dizzy Heights

The National, May 2014 Think Crowded House — and its enduringly agreeable songwriter Neil Finn — and the lascivious baritone croon of Barry White is probably the last…

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Acid Arab interview

The National: February 2014 The harsh, repetitive electronic sounds of 1980s acid house and the expansive drama of traditional Middle Eastern music are not the most obvious of…

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Omar Khairat interview

The National, January 2014  He won’t thank anyone for reminding him, but when Omar Khairat first joined the Cairo Conservatoire to study piano in 1959, Dubai had just…

Howard Goodall's Story of Music

The Story Of Music by Howard Goodall

The Observer, October 2013 There is a fascinating point made on the very first page of Howard Goodall‘s snappily written journey through 40,000 years of music. Until the late 19th…